Surprise! The Herald is for Question 1, which would repeal the sales tax on alcoholic beverages. Its principal argument appears to be that alcoholic beverages are already taxed via the alcohol excise, and it would be wrong to … [Read more...]
Lessons Learned from Question 1…………..
We are inviting public officials from the Patrick administration and the Legislature to listen to the ideas community organizers heard at the doors, on the phone banks, through listserves, and in member meetings, as well as an analysis of … [Read more...]
Is Voters’ Message on Importance of Taxes Being Ignored?
Media Coverage and Analysis Despite the clear defeat of the repeal of the state income tax, the analysis by media and public officials is muddled: The fact is that Question 1 threatened the state's ability to provide basic services, … [Read more...]
No, No, No
Question 2 In my mind, all of the discussion about whether or not a yes vote would save the state money, or contribute to a rise in teen marijuana use, or make the job of police easier or harder is ancillary fluff. The question should be … [Read more...]
You say referendums, I say referenda: No, Yes, Yes
I think I've held forth on these already, so I won't belabor the points:Question 1: No. For all those folks who don't use roads, or send kids to schools (or care about or are influenced by public education in any way), or … [Read more...]
Globe recommends “no” on all three ballot questions
Question 1: Question 1 would starve state government of 40 percent of its revenue - more than $12 billion - and give the biggest breaks to the richest taxpayers. It would pressure communities to make up for lost revenue, almost surely by … [Read more...]
Fun with Question 1: How would YOU cut $12.6 billion out of the budget?
Boston.com and the fine folks at MBPC have collaborated on a spiffy tool that lets you decide how you'd manage the $12.6 billion revenue hit that would result from the passage of Question 1. Check it out, and report back your results. … [Read more...]
New ad vs. Question 1
The Vote No On Question One folks have an ad out. It's pretty good: a succinct, simple statement of what's at stake. Imagine that. Our tax dollars actually do pay for something that we value. (thx Politicker.) … [Read more...]
‘Wingers want MA to pull the trigger on The Dumb Idea
Right-wing barometer Instapundit has noticed The Dumb Idea, and unsurprisingly comments most favorably. The Tennessee native apparently thinks that if Jeff Jacoby is on board, then clearly it's just snowballing all over the … [Read more...]
The Confusing Call on Question 1
That sounds silly and underneath is even sillier. Each of the major figures the yes-on-1 folk use is questionable at best:41% of the Massachusetts budget is fat and could be cut without any harmMassachusetts is fifth or eighth highest taxed … [Read more...]